Lowe's will pay $18.1 million to settle a civil enforcement action, claiming 118 of its California stores unlawfully handled and disposed of hazardous wastes over a six and a half year period. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said her office's environmental protection unit worked with 31 other state district attorneys and two city attorneys to resolve the environmental violations against North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Centers LLC. Between 2011 and 2013, investigators from the Alameda and San Diego County District Attorney's Offices and from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, along with regulators from San Diego's Department of Environmental Health and others statewide, conducted a series of waste inspections of Lowe's dumpsters. The inspections revealed that Lowe's was routinely and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills in California that were not permitted to receive it.